Sensory Play Activites for Babies

What can baby do?  Tons!  Here are over 50 fun & easy activities that are perfect for babies & toddlers to partake in. 

What can baby do?  TONS!  Here are over 50 fun activities perfect for young babies (and toddlers too!)


Play Activities for Babies

Make Sensory Bags: 
  • These are great for babies still putting everything in their mouth, and they are mess free too! We have made so many types of sensory bags. The ones below are some of our favorites.
sensory bags

  • Another great sensory bag for baby is this sensory bag from Plain Vanilla Mom. I love that she used green gel and all the other things she added.

What can baby do?  TONS!  Here are over 50 fun activities perfect for young babies (and toddlers too!)

  • Here is another sensory material perfect for babies and toddlers. These amazing flakes are so fun, and there are so many ways for little ones to play!  See what they are & how to play here.

Sensory Activities


  • Make Sensory Bottles like these from The Iowa Farmers Wife. You can make these using just about anything, and kids love them!
baby sensory activity bottles


  • Make a Sound Guitar for baby. How cute is this idea from House of Burke? I love it!

What can baby do?  TONS!  Here are over 50 fun activities perfect for young babies (and toddlers too!)
  • A tugging box will surely keep the little ones entertained. This easy to make toy from Laughing Kids Learn is on our must try list... now all we need is another baby.
What can baby do?  TONS!  Here are over 50 fun activities perfect for young babies (and toddlers too!)


Sensory Boxes for Babies and Toddlers - What to do with a cardboard Box

  • Make a "First" Sensory BinI love this idea from Plain Vanilla Mom. The large shells are perfect for babies to play and explore with safely.
baby sensory bin activity


  • Shaving Cream in a Bag is lots of fun and keeps it out of little ones mouth and eyes. A bag full of shaving cream sounds too easy, but it feels SO COOL! Try it!



  • Fill a Pool With Bubbles like Plain Vanilla Mom. Talk about a fun bubble bath! Nothing beats a pool of bubbles on a hot Summer day.

bubble pool play activity
  • Put together a Touchy Feely Runway like the one shared by Nurturestore. This simple to set up activity is great for new crawlers and walkers.
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Simply lay in the grass and explore the outside.  Baby will explore new sights and sounds and feel the grass and air on their skin.  Quite a sensory experience for new life.

simple baby sensory play activities


Go on a Sensory Nature Walk  like The Pleasantest Thing.  There are so many things for baby to discover and explore for the very first time.

sensory walk play activity

Pasta noodles  There are so many ways for little ones to explore and play with pasta noodles. The possibilities are endless, and it is a great sensory material for babies!  Set up an alphabet hunt in pasta.  See how to color pasta for play & learning activities here.

pasta sensory play activity for babies and toddlers

Or, how about letting little ones search for sea life in ocean spaghetti ?  Follow the spaghetti slime recipe but use blue food coloring & add sea creatures.

spaghetti sensory play activity for kids



Pasta noodles can be found in large packages at the dollar store and can be used for several activities before needing to be tossed.  For children who suffer from disorders like autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, ADD, and bipolar didorder (to name a few) the benefits of sensory play definitely outweigh the minimal food loss.
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  • Make a Jello Ocean Small World: Jello is another fabulous sensory material for babies with endless ways to play!  Read all about how to use Jello for sensory play here.
jello ocean sensory play activity


Here are 25 fun ways to PLAY with GOOP, most safe for babies.
  • Let baby explore with Ice Block Play. A great simple sensory playtime from Picklebums
ice play

  • Ice and Water is another great activity for babe. The varying temperatures make for quite a sensory experience. Chasing the ice cubes is also great for hand-eye coordination, fine motor development, and fighting that boredom!

ice and water baby play activity
Bath ideas for kids
  • Have baby chase colored ice-cubes. I love this simple play idea!


What can baby do?  TONS!  Here are over 50 fun activities perfect for young babies (and toddlers too!)

  • Edible Finger PaintThis paint recipe is easy to make and edible, making it perfect for the tiniest tots.

play recipe

Is your child moving away from the mouthing stage?

Try these Ideas!

  • Just Shaving Cream I did this with Jewel when she was only 8 months old. She only took one taste, and that was enough for her to know she did not want anymore.

shaving cream baby play activity

  • SLIME! Jewel LOVED this and did not try to eat any of it! Watch baby closely though to ensure none is ingested! Slime is not edible.

slime baskets fun play activity for kids

Baby Bath Paint  This bath paint is easy to make and tear free.  You only need two common household ingredients to make it, too!

Baby Bath Paint


What can baby do?  TONS!  Here are over 50 fun activities perfect for young babies (and toddlers too!)

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So, there you have it!  Over 56 sensory play ideas to keep those babies busy and foster their exploration of this great big world!

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What can baby do?  TONS!  Here are over 50 fun activities perfect for young babies (and toddlers too!)
Note: Only do what you are comfortable with when playing with you own baby. Watch babies closely during play to ensure safety! These playtimes are meant to be enjoyed together. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the activities above.
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